Netflix trolls serial watchers of 'A Christmas Prince' and absolute hilarity ensues
Netflix also received a lot of backlash for their tweet
If you have a Netflix subscription—or if someone you know has one—then you've probably already watch A Christmas Prince. You may have liked it quite a bit, and may be even watched it a second time.
But are you one of the 53 people who watched the film every day over the past 18 days? We hope not. But if you are, we hope you got Burnol to soothe that sick burn Netflix inflicted on you.
It all started when Netflix asked the said 53 people "Who hurt you?" It was hilarious – and also a little creepy. The question led to quite a few memorable interactions on the Twitter. Check out some of the best here:
To the 53 people who've watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?— Netflix US (@netflix) December 11, 2017
Why are you calling people out like that Netflix— Amanda Bell (@AmandaJuneBell) December 11, 2017
I just want to make sure you're okay— Netflix US (@netflix) December 11, 2017
Ok sweetie— Netflix US (@netflix) December 11, 2017
No you're fine— Netflix US (@netflix) December 11, 2017
Not enough— Netflix US (@netflix) December 11, 2017
This is amazing. Except for the “watching us like big brother “ part ;)— blake (@blaketopia) December 11, 2017
And just as "blaketopia" reminds us, everything about this Netflix tweet is funny, until you remember the creepy aspect of it. Of course, we expect big companies like Netflix and Amazon to know what we're watching. How else could they recommend that I watch all the shows I never heard of.
What seems to have upset many consumers is the fact they are using this information to flaunt it in public. The tone of the message is also drawing quite the ire. Many find it to be of bad taste and other felt it bordered on bullying.
Some questions for reporters to ask Netflix:— Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) December 11, 2017
—How many employees have access to people's viewing habits?
—Are there any controls on how they can access this data/what it can be used for?
—What's the punishment for creeping on people?
—Why are they publicly shaming customers? https://t.co/bnouaaGnZC
Big Brother is watching you, and he’s worried about your emotional health TBH. https://t.co/DSBYheFx8F— Trey Graham (@treygraham) December 11, 2017
Very creepy, Netflix. Not cool spying on your PAYING customers and then judging them in public. 😒— Angela.Kay (@DeepSouthProud) December 11, 2017
The surveillance state will be funny https://t.co/cYy42mEZBj— Jason Koebler (@jason_koebler) December 11, 2017
I liked this tweet because it's good to be reminded that huge unaccountable companies use our personal data to dunk on us both literally and figuratively. https://t.co/4IXFUuEHsT— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) December 11, 2017
However, Netflix has remained consistent with the snark in it's Tweets. Moreover, what we need to remember is that this is the same company that called out a customer for watching the Bee Movie 357 times this year in their 2017 “Year In Review”.
Netflix has defended their tweet, saying it doesn't identify individual users, as per a report by the BBC.
"The privacy of our members’ viewing is important to us. This information represents overall viewing trends, not the personal viewing information of specific, identified individuals,” said a representative.
Meanwhile, Lifetime is using the opportunity to usher viewers to their own content:
If Netflix doesn't want you, there’s always room on our couch! And if Christmas Princes aren't your thing, we’ve got meet cutes, serial killers, queenpins, and babysitters gone bad. We're not here to judge! https://t.co/rYqLAYsQdn— Lifetime (@lifetimetv) December 11, 2017
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